By Thaddeus Mast
LARAMIE—Starting a new diet or beginning a new workout regime can be easy — buy some vegetables foods and buy a gym membership and get healthy. But sometimes those carrots go bad and the gym card gets lost in the car, never to be used. A few simple changes could make those diets permanent.
Finding a healthy diet can be the most important change to lose weight. Several specific diets are always circling around the web, but Beth Kamber, clinical nutrition manager at Ivinson Memorial Hospital, said there are simpler ways.
“It’s not what you eat, but how much,” she said. “Portions have gotten super large. I’m a firm believe that any food is okay, but it’s how much you eat.” One simple habit to start is the plate method, Kamber said. Take your dinner plate and fill half of it with vegetables. Easy. Take another quarter and put some starchy foods there like rice or pasta. The rest of the plate is for meat.
“If you look at recommendations, it’s all promoting that meal plan,” she said.
“You do need to make changes, but small changes. If you’re a big meat eater and say you’re never going to eat meat again for a diet — you need to be realistic. Try setting small obtainable goals.”
clinical nutrition manager at Ivinson Memorial Hospital
Some fruit or a small desert — only 100 calories — can top off the meal.
One bad habit to avoid is forcing major life changes for the sake of losing weight, said Mindy Meuli, director of the Cent$ible Nutrition Program run by the University of Wyoming.
“You do need to make changes, but small changes,” she said. “If you’re a big meat eater and say you’re never going to eat meat again for a diet — you need to be realistic. Try setting small obtainable goals.”
One habit Wyomingites should create is eating more local meat. “One advantage about our state is the plentiful game animals,” Kamber said. “Game animals are much more lean.”
Make a habit of setting smaller goals regularly, such as walking five times a week and increasing that as you progress.